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Jerrald Duane Bucksath

July 21, 1937 — May 31, 2023

Jerrald Duane Bucksath

July 27, 1937-May 31, 2023

Age 85, of Lemont, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, IL.

Duane is survived by his loving family, children, Mark (Maureen) Bucksath, Lisa (John) Eckenstein, grandchildren, John Eckenstein and Emma Eckenstein, and sister-in-law, Melinda Eubanks.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Bucksath (McInturff), and his parents, Jerome and Pearletha Bucksath.

Duane was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was raised in the small farming town of Dalton, MO. He was a star basketball player in high school and received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was the president of his fraternity where he met his future wife Diane, the 1957 Homecoming Queen. After college, he served his country as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for seven years and flew F-100 Super Sabres. After his military service, he became a pilot with United Airlines, eventually becoming a Captain while also flying F-100s in the Illinois and Iowa National Guards for two years. During his time with United Airlines, he had the honor of flying three U.S. Presidents during their presidential campaigns. After 30 years with United Airlines, he retired and became the Chairman of his church, the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, IL. Duane was known as a generous, kind, and humble soul who will be greatly missed.

Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL 60451 on Thursday, June 15th, 2023 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Methodist Church of New Lenox would be greatly appreciated.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Kurtz Memorial Chapel - New Lenox

102 East Francis Road, New Lenox, IL 60451

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